'Stolen' plane closes Seattle airport before crashing into sea


He then expresses about fuel - it "burned quite a bit faster than I expected" - as the air traffic control officer gently tries to direct him to a nearby military base.

"Got a few screws loose, I guess", he is heard saying in the recording. "I would like to apologize to each and every one of them".

The air traffic control staffer assures him they don't have that, and says they just want to find a safe place for him to land.

"Some dude stole a plane from #Seatac (Allegedly), did a loop-the-loop, nearly crashed into #ChambersBay, then crossed in front of our party, chased by fighter jets and subsequently crashed".

Two military F-15C aircraft were scrambled from Portland, Oregon, and pursued the plane, with Russell's motive unclear and his ability to inflict damage on the ground.

Gregoire said the Port, airlines and other stakeholders had already begun to review security processes.

"This is not a terrorist incident". The person made off with the aircraft at about 8 p.m. Friday evening, Tilden said. Horizon Air is a division of Alaskan that flies shorter routes in the western US.

The Q400 is a twin-prop aeroplane with up to 78 seats, depending on configuration. At 8pm local time, the man, identified as a 29-year old local resident, entered the twin engine turboprop Q400 Alaskan Airlines aircraft and took off without consent.

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Russell's family said in a statement that they are stunned and heartbroken. Ketron Island is a sparsely populated island 25 miles (40 km) southwest of the airport.

"With regard to mental health, we do do screening in terms of background checking for all airport workers", Transportation Security Administration's David Pekoske told CBS News.

The Horizon Air plane is unrecognizable, said a NTSB official.

Many planes in service were designed decades ago and are started up by manipulating levers and switches in a certain sequence, rather than by, say, an ignition key.

Horizon Air CEO Gary Beck also said the man who stole the plane did not have a pilot's license and did not know how to fly a commercial airline.

"You couldn't even tell it was a plane except for some of the bigger sections, like the wing section", Eckrote said. "I think I might mess something up there too".

The agency said they found the flight data recorder and parts of the voice recorder in the wreckage. He said he didn't see the crash but saw smoke.

Ridler reported from, Idaho.